Henri Matisse Cover design for Matisse: His Art and His Public 1951

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In 1951 MoMA published Alfred H. Barr Jr.’s nearly six-hundred-page monograph on Matisse, a book that had been many years in the making. This monograph presents the first art-historical discussion of The Red Studio, forty years after the painting's creation. In parallel, the Museum opened a survey exhibition of Matisse’s work. The artist made paper cut-outs as designs for the book jackets of both the large monograph and the slim exhibition catalogue. Even at this small scale, their exuberant style and vibrant color exemplify the last chapter of Matisse’s career.

Gallery label from Matisse: The Red Studio, May 1–September 10, 2022
Cut-and-pasted painted paper with ink on paper
10 5/8 x 16 7/8" (27.0 x 42.9 cm)
Transferred from The Museum of Modern Art Publications Department
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© 2023 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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